The ups and downs of fate fire Chernobyl NPP Vasily Ignatenko

Vasily Ignatenko was one of the first firefighters who arrived at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant to extinguish the fire. Ordinary fire, they were thinking. Today, the story of Basil and Lyudmila Ignatenko knows the whole world thanks to the TV series "Chernobyl", which premiered on May 6, 2019. Honest there were the creators of the show with the audience, telling about the fate of the hero and a real feat of devotion and dedication that has made his 23-year-old wife?

The ups and downs of fate fire Chernobyl NPP Vasily Ignatenko

With the hope of happiness

The ups and downs of fate fire Chernobyl NPP Vasily Ignatenko

The city of Pripyat before Chernobyl disaster. / Photo: www.ucrazy.ru

They met in Pripyat, 18-year-old Lyudmila and 20-year-old Vasily. She was born and raised in the Ukrainian city of Galich Ivano-Frankivsk region, and in Pripyat came to distribute after the culinary college.

Vasily Ignatenko was born in the Belarusian village Sperizhe in the Bragin district. Got a profession electrician in Gomel, he worked in Bobruisk, from where he was drafted into the army. He had to serve in the fire station in Moscow, and after demobilization began to work in the specialty obtained in the army. Work found in Pripyat, just 40 kilometers away from his native village.

The ups and downs of fate fire Chernobyl NPP Vasily Ignatenko

Everyday firefighters in Pripyat before the accident. / Photo: www.ucrazy.ru

In the first meeting Lyudmila was surprised how new acquaintance talkative. He always told me some stories and constantly sprinkled with jokes. That evening he went to her escort. It was the first love. But then she did not even know how powerful it can be.

Three years later, Vasily and Ludmila married, lived in a dormitory just above the fire station. They are making plans, dreaming about the children. They lived for three years and did not even have time to get enough of each other. All the time go hand in hand, and recognized each other in love. When Basil was changing, Ludmila often looked out the window and admiring spouse. In the spring of 1986, they already know that they will soon be a child. Dreaming how nice threesome heal. April 27 they were going to go with her husband to his mother, it was necessary to help plant a vegetable garden. But April 26, 1986 dashed all hopes.

The beginning of the end of the

The ups and downs of fate fire Chernobyl NPP Vasily Ignatenko

The wedding of Basil and Lyudmila Ignatenko. / Photo: www.tut.by

That night was just a change of Basil. Lyudmila heard a noise in the street and looked out the window. The husband waved to her and told to rest, after six in the morning they will have to hit the road to his parents in Sperizhe. He only said that the fire power plant. Then no one knew about the explosion of the fourth power unit. Lyudmila looked at the glow on the horizon, the flames rose very high.

The ups and downs of fate fire Chernobyl NPP Vasily Ignatenko

A still from the TV series "Chernobyl". / Photo: www.dtf.ru

Sleep, she was never able to. All waited and waited, and when a change back to the unit. At seven in the morning Ludmila gave: Bob in the hospital. She ran down dale, but the hospital has already stood the cordon, did not let anyone go. Near the cordon were wives and other relatives of firefighters trapped in the hospital. They rushed to the emergency room each machine, but also to them is not allowed. She sought out the familiar doctor, persuaded her to miss a few minutes of her husband. He asked her to leave, to save the child. But how could she leave him at such a moment ?!

The ups and downs of fate fire Chernobyl NPP Vasily Ignatenko

Vasily Ignatenko. / Photo: www.ridna.ua

The doctor said, everybody needs milk, three liters. Lyudmila with his girlfriend went to the village and brought the milk all six firefighters who suffered first. After that, everything was a blur: armored personnel carriers on the streets, the white foam, which washed the streets, military respirators. Then all the relatives were told to collect the bags firefighters: their night sent a special flight to Moscow. But when the wife returned to the hospital, the plane has departed. They were specially sent from the hospital.

Always there

The ups and downs of fate fire Chernobyl NPP Vasily Ignatenko

Vasily Ignatenko. / Photo: www.belnovosti.by

The city began evacuation, all promised to return home after a few days, but for now settle in tents in nature. People going to fun, nobody did not know the extent of the tragedy. Prepared noted Mayday, carried with a meat kebabs.

Ludmila went to her husband's parents. The road did not remember. There's time to plant potatoes, and then she zasobiralas to Moscow to Vassenka. She felt bad, she was vomiting all the time. And in-law would not let her alone, to go along with it svokra. In Moscow, the first police officer showed them the way to the sixth hospital radiology.

The ups and downs of fate fire Chernobyl NPP Vasily Ignatenko

Pripyat. / Photo: www.omlook.com

Again Lyudmila crook made visits with her husband. She was slender, about her pregnancy nobody knew. Head of the radiology department for a long time questioned the girl. And Lyudmila desperately lied about what they Vasya two children, son and daughter. Zavotdeleniem Angelina Vasilyevna Guskova believe it and let her half an hour to go to her husband, forbidden to touch him. Ludmila already knew: she will not go out of the hospital, it will be next to Vasya.

The ups and downs of fate fire Chernobyl NPP Vasily Ignatenko

The Moscow hospital. / Photo: www.pastvu.com

She entered the room and saw the men playing cards and laughing merrily. Seeing his wife Vasya laughed happily: here was, and then found! This has a wife! Proud and happy.

She was with him almost all the time. First I lived with friends, and then she was allowed to stay in the hotel at the hospital. She cooked broths and fed Vasya and his colleagues. Then they were all placed in different chambers. For all we looked after the soldiers, because the staff refused without special protection to approach the victims. And only Lyudmila was always near Vasenka. And even then, it still did not represent all the force of his love.

14 days and the whole life of

The ups and downs of fate fire Chernobyl NPP Vasily Ignatenko

Vasily Ignatenko. / Photo: www.visualrian.ru

She always held his hand. And do not pay any attention to doctors' prohibitions. She thought she could save him the strength of his incredible love. She had always thought of him. And then there was the Victory Day. Previously Basil wanted to show her a salute in Moscow. In the evening he asked his wife to open the window, and immediately began to blossom bouquets of fire in the sky. He pulled out from under his pillow and held three cloves Lyudmila: he promised on every holiday to give her flowers. And then a nurse persuaded to buy a bouquet for his wife.

In the series "Chernobyl" this episode is described a little differently. There Lyudmila standing at the open window, and describes her husband views of Moscow. And silently crying, because in front of her - only gray wall. Why the filmmakers built this wall? One can only assume that in this way they wanted to show the attitude of the authorities to the people.

The ups and downs of fate fire Chernobyl NPP Vasily Ignatenko

An American professor Robert Gale operates the stricken Chernobyl disaster in the 6th Clinical Hospital of the USSR Ministry of Health. / Photo: www.rt.com

Doctors already knew that she was pregnant. Abused for fraud, but Lyudmila exactly knew she should be with her husband. She was told that these days it is located next to the reactor: in 1600 he received an x-ray. But Lyudmila was stubborn: it will not go away.

Lyudmila made him dream even forced her husband to come up with the name of the unborn child: if a girl - Natasha, boy - Bob. However, Lyudmila Vasya did not agree. As if it was not in their lives all this horror. But he is still here.

The changes were irreversible. Ludmila will never forget these days in a Moscow hospital. She saw her husband is getting worse every day. Radiation were struck by all the organs. Skin color changes from normal to dark blue, burgundy, gray, then it was no longer a body, but one big wound. She changed his bed, sat up in bed and every time her hands were pieces of his skin. It was a tiny hope that it will help bone marrow transplant. The donor could become one of the relatives. Best of all it was his 14-year-old sister, Natasha, but Basil opposed: it is too small, it will hurt the operation. The donor was the older sister Lyudmila. But the transplant did not help.

The ups and downs of fate fire Chernobyl NPP Vasily Ignatenko

Sister of Vasily Ignatenko, Lyudmila, has become a donor. / Photo: www.dtf.ru

Firefighter wife almost never left him. It costs her to go lie down for a few minutes in a hotel room, as immediately resorted to the nurse: calls. And she got up and walked toward him. He always called her.

That day, she went to the funeral of her husband's colleagues. Lyudmila was not just three hours. When she returned, Vasily Ignatenko was already dead. She had to say goodbye to him: he's been back in a special chamber, where he was in the last days. The zinc coffin Vasily Ignatenko put in full dress, but barefoot: he could not pick up the shoes, so swollen legs. But dressed in full uniform. We buried at Mitino cemetery in a sealed zinc coffin.

Life after love

The ups and downs of fate fire Chernobyl NPP Vasily Ignatenko

Lyudmila Ignatenko. / Photo: www.history.com

She continued to love his whole life. Every day, every minute. Their daughter Natasha was born in Moscow ahead of schedule, after a trip to the cemetery to Lyudmila husband. She gave birth to Angelina Vasilyevna Guskova. On the face of the girl was all right, but the baby was cirrhosis of the liver and heart disease. The doctor said: daughter saved her mother, taking the radiation. Natasha died four hours later, she was buried beside the Pope.

Ludmila was given an apartment in Kiev, where she literally went crazy. She still missed her husband, and no one could replace her lover. When I realized that to live no longer, I decided to have a baby. The man explained the whole situation. Honestly: she loves only her Vasya. She became a mother, was happy that she now has to live for someone. Son grew painful, but Lyudmila was happy: her life made sense again. And Basil dreamed of her every night almost. Happy, laughing. With Natasha on hand.